American Airiness flew a special charter flight for 80 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, families and AA guests to a Washington D.C. ceremony of recognition for the National Medal of Honor Day events on March 25.
The 25 military Honorees, along with recognized civilians were honored at a special luncheon provided by AA in DC.This was part of the AA annually donated funding and mileage to Honorees of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
This year, because of the bad weather, some of the expected recipients were concerned about traveling out of JFK during the snow storm. But according to Randall Stillinger of AA, they were told, “If there is only one flight out of JFK today, it will be your flight”.
One of this year’s finalists for the Civilian Honors Award of the Congressional Medal of Honors of Honor Society is Arjun Mainali, Hicksville, He has donated blood to more than (9.5 liters) whole blood 6 times and platelets 13 times in the year of 2014, which is exceptional. Mr. Mainali has helped save precious lives of as many as 483 people. He has traveled around the world for the sole purpose of donating blood along with local people.
“The five recipients earned the Citizen Honors Award because their courageous actions and selfless service embody the spirit of the Medal of Honor and its values of courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism.” said Drew D. Dix, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Their stories are amazing and inspiring, and my fellow Recipients and I are proud to recognize them for the positive difference they make in their communities.”
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal. Through character development, scholarship and citizen recognition programs based on the values embodied in the Medal — courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism — the Foundation teaches all citizens that they can make a difference in the lives of others.
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